I’m not sure what to do. I had implant surgery, but the oral surgeon seems to have perforated the sinus. He noticed this six months later, when the implant still hadn’t integrated. He removed the implant, started me on Flonase and told me not to blow my nose until he gives me the all clear. He said this was normal and happens all the time. He also said it only perforated a few millimeters and we can try again when I’m ready. My questions are as to whether I should try again if this is normal. Would I be better off with a dental bridge?
While some oral surgeons may consider it normal, it is preventable. I’m also quite concerned he said “only a few millimeters.” Really? In dentistry, that is a significant amount. When a dental implant is removed, it leaves a deficit of the bone necessary to support a dental implant. In order to have an implant successful, you’ll have to have bone grafting done.
Dental Implants versus Dental Bridge
You asked if you should try again or get a dental bridge. It would help to know the differences between the two so you can know what each requires.
With a dental bridge, both adjacent teeth have to be ground down to fit dental crowns. Then, a false tooth is suspended between the two crowns. If one (or both) of those teeth need crowns, then it makes sense to get a dental bridge. However, if those teeth are healthy, you may not want to grind them done unnecessarily.
Getting this Dental Implant Done Right
It’s up to you which procedure you decide on. If you decide to go with a dental implant again, I wouldn’t go anywhere near the oral surgeon you used last time. My suggestion is you find a good implant dentist and ask them for a different surgeon. It is always better to see the implant dentist before the surgeon anyway. This way you can make sure they communicate with one another clearly so you know the oral surgeon will properly place the implant where the dentist needs it. They should also do adequate x-rays, including three-dimensional ones. This will help prevent sinus perforation.
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